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Eugène Boudin

French, 1824–1898



The sky dominates this view of Dunkerque, a busy port in Northern France where Boudin painted over a dozen seascapes. The sea is calm, but a breeze is blowing, dispersing the smoke and making the flags flutter on the ships’ mastheads. These subtle details reveal the artist’s fascination with capturing the effects of weather on a specific location.

Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 14 3/8 x 23 1/16 in. (36.5 x 58.6 cm) Frame: 2 1/2 x 21 11/16 x 29 9/16 in. (6.4 x 55.1 x 75.1 cm)
Object Number 1955.535
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1940
Status Off View

Image Caption

Eugène Boudin, Dunkerque, 1889, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.535.


Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.


The artist, sold to Durand-Ruel, 9 Mar. 1891; [Durand-Ruel, Paris, 1891–92, sold to Widener, 6 Feb. 1892]; Peter Arrell Brown Widener, Philadelphia (1892–1907, sold to Durand-Ruel, 27 Feb. 1907); [Durand-Ruel, New York, 1907–40, sold to Clark, 2 Dec. 1940];¹ Robert Sterling Clark (1940–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

1. Ruth L. Benjamin (Eugène Boudin, 1937) p. 190, states that this work was in a private collection, Paris, some time after 1907, and further wrote in a 1958 letter in the Clark’s curatorial file that “this picture belonged to a private collection in Paris before Durand-Ruel bought it back.” Benjamin does not provide dates for this ownership, and there is no further known documentation for this history.